The NBA All-Star Game will once again bring the best and brightest the sport has to offer together as they duke it out for bragging rights once again. Over the years, we as fans have been treated to some legendary performances that resonate just as well as some of the most clutch postseason shots and rim-rattling dunks of all time. Here are five of those performances.
5. Kobe Bryant, 2011
The Mamba put on a show for his hometown crowd in Los Angeles during the 2011 game. Kobe put up 37 points as the West took down the East 148-143. He won his fourth All-Star game MVP, which tied Hall of Famer Bob Pettit for the most all time.
4. Allen Iverson, 2001
Back when the All-Star game was (relatively) low scoring! Iverson's East came out on top by the razor-thin scoreline of 111-110, in which Iverson scored 15 of his 25 points in the final nine minutes, leading the East to an amazing comeback win. AI's improbable finish will hold the crown of "most clutch All-Star game moment" until it's unseated.
3. Michael Jordan, 1988
Of the 14 games to choose from, '88 was Jordan's signature moment in the All-Star game. After winning the Slam Dunk contest with his iconic free throw line dunk, Jordan put up 40 points as his East came out on top, 138-133. Jordan went on to win the first of his three All-Star game MVP awards.
2. Wilt Chamberlain, 1962
There couldn't be a Top 5 NBA performances list without Wilt on it. Despite setting a record with 42 points and adding in 24 rebounds, a classic Chamberlain statline, his East somehow couldn't come out on top, losing 150-130. Wilt's 42 points stood as a record until 2017, when Anthony Davis put up 52. With that 2017 scoreline clocking it at 192-182, Wilt gets the edge over The Brow.
1. Magic Johnson, 1992
The No. 1 All-Star game moment will never be equalled. Just months after retiring from the NBA after revealing he had contracted HIV, Magic Johnson made his return to the court, scoring 25 points and piling up nine assists while taking home the MVP award. Given what it meant to the game of basketball, and how it inspired HIV-positive people all over the country, this moment stands alone in All-Star game history.